Tim Duncan will be next head coach of Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs hired former Spurs player Tim Duncan as an assistant coach on Monday. Duncan will server under Greg Popovich, who was his head coach as a player.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich said in a statement, per NBA.com.

Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997 and played for them his entire career. He averaged 19 points, and 10.8 rebounds in his career. He was a 15-time All-Star, a two-time league MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and helped the Spurs win five championships.

Duncan is the Spurs leader in games, points, rebounds, blocks, double-doubles, and made field goals, according to Cassandra Negely of Yahoo Sports. He retired after the 2015-16 season. The Spurs retired his number 21 jersey in December 2016.

While Duncan is an assistant coach, he will eventually take over for Popovich as the head coach of the Spurs. Popovich, who is one of the greatest coaches of all time, is on the back half of his career. As Pop hands over the reigns to the team look for Duncan to take over.

Duncan’s knowledge of the team and the game make him the most qualified candidate when Pop retires. Being a Spur for nearly 20 years, he knows the Spurs inside and out better than anybody allowing the Spurs to grow and become a better team under his leadership.

Last season the Spurs were 48-34 and were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round. With Duncan as head coach the Spurs could become title favorites and win more titles. Duncan knows what it takes to win a title. His skill set can help teach and lead the Spurs to multiple titles.

Hiring Tim Duncan as an assistant coach was a smart move by the Spurs. Eventually Popovich will retire, and the Spurs should make Duncan the head coach. It just makes sense.

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